Comet Lovejoy is brightening faster than expected and will putting on a show you can see for yourself without a telescope
‘People in the UK and elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere will be treated to a cosmic light show early in the new year
Today around the world fireworks will be ringing in the new year as people celebrate the beginning of 2015.
But in a week the solar system will put on a light show of its own, when a comet passes close to Earth’s orbit.
In fact, comet Lovejoy will come so close that it will be visible to the naked eye – but you’ll want to get a look at it soon, as it won’t return again for 8,000 years.
The comet, formally designated C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), was discovered by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy from Queensland, Australia.
On 7 January 2015 it will make its closest approach to Earth at a distance of 43.6 million miles (70.2 million km) – although it is already visible in the night sky.’
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